Nintendo news (Apr. 7): Motoi Okamoto interview / The Legend of Zelda (NES) changes

Today’s Nintendo news: interview of Motoi Okamoto (ex Nintendo EAD developer), but also…

  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits / Fleshy Souls
  • Splatoon
  • Merchandise
  • The Cat Mario Show
  • Play Nintendo Show

Motoi Okamoto

Motoi Okamoto is probably not someone you’re familiar with, but you’ve definitely played or at least heard of the game he worked on during his time at Nintendo: Pikmin, Super Mario 64 DS, Wii Play, Wii Fit, and more). On Wednesday, Gamasutra published a pretty lengthy interview with the man, which covers various topics:

  • how he came to work at Nintendo, and background information about Nintendo
  • his initial impression of working at Nintendo
  • his getting involved in the development of Pikmin
  • the game design lessons he learned while at Nintendo
  • working on the touch mini games in Mario 64 DS
  • his work on Wii Sports / Play / Fit
  • and more…

This is a really interesting, full of pretty neat details about not just Motoi Okamoto and his work, but also Nintendo itself. Click here to check it out for yourself!

The Legend of Zelda

When games get re-edited (on the same platform, or as ports/compilations for example), they often get various changes. Those changes are made either to fix glaring bugs, or for various (very often unexplained) reasons. Naturally, Nintendo is no stranger to these kinds of changes!

Last year, Nintendo really the popular Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, that includes 30 of the most popular NES games (with Japan getting the Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer). One of the games included on both is the original Legend of Zelda game, a game that actually has several versions… and no, we’re not talking about the Satellaview “remake”.

Clyde Mandelin, author of the Legends of Localisation books, published a pretty interesting interview earlier this week: it looks at the various changes made to the NES Mini and Famicom Mini versions of The Legend of Zelda. Because, yes, Nintendo did make various changes to the game for those two consoles.

Granted, most of those are not easily noticeable (unless you know what you’re looking for), and it’s quite likely you missed most of them when playing yourself. Still, this article makes for a pretty interesting read, so click here to check it out!

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits / Fleshy Souls

Here’s the overview trailer for Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits / Fleshy Souls on Nintendo 3DS, now available in Europe!

And here’s a commercial:


If you’re interested in some Splatoon merchanise, and happen to live in or neat New York, you might want to head to the Nintendo NY Store. Indeed, some Splatoon merchandise is now available for purchase there!


Yesterday, Nintendo included a pretty interesting picture with one of the job offers they posted on Twitter. It shows a bunch of merchandise related to Splatoon, Mario Kart Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and more:

For those of you who are curious, this job offer is for a Graphic Designer, and more precisely one that would work on merchandise (hence the pic above!).

The Cat Mario Show

Here’s Episode 29 of the Cat Mario Show:

Play Nintendo Show

Here’s the latest episode of the Play Nintendo Show, which is about 1-2-Switch!



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